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29 Adar II 5760 - April 5, 2000 | Mordecai Plaut, director Published Weekly








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Worries about the Rule of Lawh

The investigation against HaRav Ovadia Yosef for his remarks in his motzei Shabbos talk criticizing Education Minister Yossi Sarid and comparing him to Amolek, try as one might, can hardly be seen as a purely legalistic concern for the rule of law. As much as we would like to believe otherwise, this and other actions of the legal and police establishment are carried out in a way that loudly proclaims that the motives are deeply sullied by extraneous considerations.

Will We Gain By Compromising on Religious Issues?
by Rabbi Nosson Zeev Grossman

National Religious Party MK Nachum Langental's recent dramatic announcement of his intention to initiate "revolutionary legislature pertaining to religion and the State," aroused waves of criticism among the Torah- observant. The proposal is to redefine the accepted boundaries between public observance and nonobservance of Jewish tradition.

Plagues of Human Beings
by L. Jungerman

"When a man shall have in the skin of his flesh a swelling, a scab or bright spot . . . " (Vayikra 13:1).

Enjoying Tefillah
by HaRav Yehoshua Shklar

Why do we find so many people who are unmindful about the way they daven to Hashem, even though everyone agrees that tefillah is of the utmost importance? Maran the mashgiach, HaRav Yechezkel Levenstein zt'l, (Likutei Yechezkel, pg. 77), answers this puzzling question:

"We do not hold tefillah in high regard because we neither realize nor understand the essence of tefillah."

What is the Value of Human Life in the Israeli Justice System?
by A. Yitzchaki

What is the price for taking a life in the State of Israel? On the surface, this seems a strange question. There is no price for human life.

One More Victory Like This...
by P. Chovav

The champions of the Rule of Law in Israel, surely had reason to celebrate on the day the Attorney General announced his decision to instruct the police to investigate Shas leader, HaRav Ovadia Yosef. His alleged violations included the prohibition against slandering one's fellow; clause 4)a( of the Order for the Prevention of Terror; clause 288 of the Penal Law forbidding the offending of a public worker; clause 192 of the Penal Law which forbids making threats of violence.

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